Zakaria is remarkably self-assured. He knows what the future will bring. He knows what America needs to do. And what is the number one thing? Grow. Grow, economy, grow. In that sense, Zakaria's prescriptions are somewhat conservative: less regulation, less taxation, less litigation, less concern about environment, etc. In other ways, though, Zakaria is liberal: our diversity is our greatest strength, quality and universal education and health care are our biggest economic imperatives, nation building is out and international consensus is in. All together, it makes for an interesting and thought provoking brew.
Although the book is called the Post-American world, that title too seems designed to be provocative, for in fact, he expects America to stay #1 (measured by size of economy, what else?). On the whole, Zakaria is more optimistic about America than most Americans. What is the biggest threat we face? Our own dysfunctional politics!
A healthy portion of the book, at least half, is really not about America all, but rather about the two key emerging economies Zakaria identifies: China and India. The book is no less self-assured in this area and is highly informative about both of these countries (or, at least, of Zakaria's understanding of them). Frankly, I learned a lot from those parts of the book, and they were the highlight for me. Definitely recommended for readers who like this sort of thing.